Reports have been posted that a Sharon Snyder, 70-year-old court clerk, was fired by a Jackson County Circuit judge in Missouri for offering legal advice to 49-year-old Robert Nelson. Nelson was convicted of rape in 1984 and spent 28 years in prison.
When Snyder was nine months short of being eligible for retirement. She had work as a law clerk for 34 years until June 27, when she was told that she had violated court rules by providing assistance to Nelson:
“The document you chose was, in effect, your recommendation for a Motion for DNA testing that would likely be successful in this Division,” Judge Byrn wrote. “But it was clearly improper and a violation of Canon Seven … which warns against the risk of offering an opinion or suggested course of action.”
Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian, Steve Oh, and Jimmy Dore debate whether Snyder’s termination was fair.
Clerk Who Helped Exonerate Innocent Man FIRED
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